West Branch comes back from 14-0 deficit, takes down P-O
Written by: WesternPAFootball Staff on Saturday, August 25th, 2018
PHILIPSBURG – Trailing arch-rival Philipsburg-Osceola 14-0 midway through the third quarter, West Branch went into Beast mode and overhauled the Mounties, 32-14 Friday night.
The Mounties took the lead in the second quarter when quarterback Bubba Slogosky connected with 6-foot-5 sophomore Ryan Whitehead for a 10-yard touchdown and Caleb Stamm with 2:23 left in the half.
And when Landon McDonald got loose around the left side and went 46 yards untouched, P-O threatened the lock down the game.
That’s when the Warriors called on tailback Derek Yingling, a 5-foot-8, 185-pound Jeep, to pull the offense out of the ditch.
All he did was carry the ball on 28 of 37 second-half snaps for 158 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the night with 183 yards on 34 carries.
“Beast. He’s an absolute beast,’’ said West Branch coach Kevin Hubler of Yingling. “He has unquestionable work ethic. His mentality was ‘We’re not losing this game and if I have to carry the ball every time I’ll do it.’ ‘’
It must have seemed that way for the Mounties as the Warriors began controlling the line of scrimmage.
After McDonald’s touchdown the Warriors went on a nine-play, 65-yard drive that saw Yingling carry on eight plays including the last six in a row as he scored from the six-yard line with 4:28 left in the quarter.
The Warriors took over on downs when Slogosky’s fourth down pass from the West Branch 15 fell incomplete with 2:35 to go in the third quarter. No problem.
They took off n an 85-yard drive that saw them mix in two pass completions from Ayden Guiterrez to Josh Cantolina that put the ball on the P-O two. Yingling took it in from there with 9:48 left in the game. The two-point pass failed, leaving he Mounties hanging onto a 14-12 lead.
A fumble by Slogosky at the P-O 28 was recovered by Ethan Yingling and after three carries by Derek Yingling put the ball on the 14 Guiterrez and Cantolina hooked up for a 14–yard score to make it 18-14 at the 8:04 mark.
On its next possession West Branch got the ball on its own 43 and it took Yingling four carries to cover t he distance, scoring from the four at the 5:28 mark. The Warriors went for two and made it, making the score 26-14 with 5:28 left in the game.
West Branch got its final score when Cantolina picked off Slogosky and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. The kick was blocked, setting the final score at 32-14, the identical score of last year’s game which was won by P-O.
“It’s kind of ironic, looking at the scoreboard,’’ Hubler said. “But we’ve been working for this game for a year.’’
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